Last August, Ralph has recorded a new CD with one of the most original and successful flutists of today, Ilonka Kolthof. Focussing on the newest and most varied repertoire for the piccolo and piano, they recorded works which were all written on behalf of Kolthof’s Dutch Piccolo Project. Many of the works were written for the duo by composers Alan Segall, Ned McGowan, Bart Spaan, Jan Vriend, Piet-Jan van Rossum and Jan-Peter de Graaff, representing both older and the youngest generations of composers. The CD will be released by recording label TRPTK on November 24, 2019, at the official CD launch party in the Amstelkerk, Amsterdam, on that day (picture: Brendon Heinst).
Last month, the master-recording for Ralph’s upcoming solo-CD with rare works by Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen and Boulez has been sent to Naxos’ headquarters in Hong Kong! The release date is May 2020. This is one of the most exciting recordings Ralph has made for Naxos to date, because it contains seldomly heard compositions, recently discovered works, and a world’s first ever recording. A highlight is the large, early work by Pierre Boulez: Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo. Exclusively permitted to play and record for Naxos by the heirs of Pierre Boulez and the Sacher Foundation in Basel, this almost half-hour work looks back on virtuosic Romantic music, but at the same time looks forward to the new composition styles which Boulez would start to use shortly afterwards. The CD also contains hardly known works by composers who inspired Boulez the most, such as a posthumously discovered piano study by Debussy, a posthumously reconstructed birdsong work by Messiaen, and a very little gem by Ravel, found in a notebook, which forms a fingerprint of his mature musical language.
Today, an article about composer Louis Andriessen is published in Dutch newspaper Trouw, for which Ralph was interviewed. Coming Thursday, between 12.30 and 13.00 h, Ralph will be a guest at radioshow De Nieuws BV, Radio 1, also to be interviewed about Louis Andriessen who celebrates his 80th birthday this year. From coming Friday, Ralph will perform a number of concerts with a selection of Andriessen’s piano works, in combination with the piano solo version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Today, an interview with Ralph is published in the New York Times. For this interview, journalist Seth Colter Walls and Ralph talked about the recently unveiled piano work by Pierre Boulez, of which Ralph gave the world’s first performance.
Yesterday, Ralph was interviewed for the live show Podium Witteman, together with Dutch composer Joep Franssens who just wrote three brand new etudes for Ralph. These etudes will be performed during next week’s recital in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. Besides the interview, Ralph performed the second etude. The broadcast can be viewed back here.
Today, an interview (written by Mark van der Voort) has been published in newspaper Brabants Dagblad, about the upcoming performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for solo piano.
On January 30th, Ralph returned from a successful tour, performing Tan Dun’s Farewell, My Concubine for piano solo, Peking opera soprano and orchestra, conducted by the composer. Van Raat’s playing was described as ‘strong and precise’ in a review by Bachtrack, and ConcertoNet.com wrote ‘ Il faut souligner la performance de Ralph van Raat, qui joue sans partition la redoutable partie soliste’.